Fixed-aperture Zuiko Digital zoom lenses for the Olympus E-System | PMA Report 2005
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PMA 2005 | Fixed-aperture Zuiko Digital zoom lenses
Three fixed-aperture Zuiko Digital zoom lenses for the Olympus E-System: Olympus is developing three new professional-grade interchangeable lenses for the Olympus E-System cameras that adhere to the FourThirds standard. Each of the lenses boast exceptionally wide, fixed apertures. Professional photographers can therefore look forward to shooting performance that allows considerably more versatility and efficiency.

The Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm (28-70mm*) 1:2.0 and Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm (70-200mm*) 1:2.0 will be the world's first interchangeable lenses** to feature an aperture of 1:2.0 across their entire zooming range. Used together, these two lenses give photographers the freedom to apply a 1:2.0 aperture from a wide-angle focal length of 14mm (28mm*) to telephoto 100mm (200mm*).Meanwhile, the Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm (180-500mm*) 1:2.8 also will impress with high brightness right up to its ultra-telephoto extreme focal length of 250mm (500mm*). The power of this lens becomes especially apparent in situations where fast framing - such as in sports or nature photography - is necessary.

All three splash and dust-proof lenses use Super ED or ED elements, ensuring that chromatic aberration is all but eliminated to return only the finest image quality with unparalleled sharpness and definition. Furthermore, users can expect to be able to make the most from background fading effects due to the combination of wide aperture and incorporated zoom rings.

Together with the Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm (14-28mm*) 1:4.0 lens, which is due for release in March 2005, Olympus therefore will soon offer a comprehensive range of fixed-aperture zoom lenses that meet professional specifications, extending from an ultra-wide-angle 7mm (14mm*) to ultra-telephoto 250mm (500mm on 35mm cameras). The whole range of Zuiko Digital lenses now runs from 7 to 300mm (14-600mm on 35mm cameras).
Zuiko Digital Zoom lens for the Olympus E-System
Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm (28-70mm*) 1:2.0:
With a zooming range spanning 14-35mm (28-70mm on 35mm cameras), the Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm is set to become the brightest all-round interchangeable lens available**. Boasting a 1:2.0 aperture across its entire focal range spectrum, it offers photographers exceptional flexibility to boost their effectiveness while on assignment.

Preliminary features:
  • Ultra-bright 1:2.0 fixed aperture
  • Super ED and ED glass elements for absolute minimum chromatic aberration
  • Splash and dust proof construction to enhance reliability
  • 2.5x wide-angle zoom performance 14-35mm
  • (28-70mm on a 35mm camera)

Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm (70-200mm*) 1:2.0:
Increasing the focal length but maintaining the aperture at an impressive 1:2.0 over the entire range, the Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm (70-200mm*) is the bright choice for the professional photographer. Together with the Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm, a zooming range of 14-100mm (28-200mm on 35mm cameras) is available at an unprecedented, exceptionally fast fixed aperture of 1:2.0.

Preliminary features:

  • Ultra-bright 1:2.0 fixed aperture
  • Super ED and ED glass elements for absolute minimum chromatic aberration
  • Splash and dust proof construction to enhance reliability
  • 2.9x zoom performance 35-100mm (70-200mm on a 35mm camera)

Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm (180-500mm*) 1:2.8:
Even at the full, ultra-telephoto 250mm focal length (500mm on a 35mm camera), the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 90-250mm (180-500mm*) maintains its bright 1:2.8 aperture. As such, sports, nature and other photographers that rely on fast framing will find particular favour with this lens.

Preliminary features:

  • Ultra-bright 1:2.8 fixed aperture
  • 2.8x telephoto to ultra-telephoto zoom performance 90-250mm (180-500mm on a 35mm camera)
  • ED glass elements for absolute minimum chromatic aberration
  • Splash and dust proof construction to enhance reliability

Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm (14-28mm*) 1:4.0:
Designed for use by pros, the Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:4.0 affords photographers with ultra-wide-angle shooting capabilities to enable extraordinarily expressive compositions. With a focal length beginning at merely 7mm (equivalent to 14mm on a 35mm camera) it offers a 114° angle of view - currently the world’s widest for digital zoom lenses**. The minimum working distance (from object to front lens) is just 10cm, allowing exaggerated perspectives.

Main features:

  • Ultra-wide-angle performance 7-14mm (14-28mm*) 1:4.0
  • 10cm minimum working distance (distance from object to front lens) for expanded shooting capabilities
  • Large aperture lens combined with world's first double-sided ED glass-moulded aspherical camera lens of greater than 50mm diameter
  • Two Super ED and two ED glass elements for absolute minimum chromatic aberration
  • Multi-coating process to significantly minimise ghosting and flaring
  • Splash and dust proof construction to enhance reliability
Fixed-aperture Zuiko Digital zoom lenses for the Olympus E-System

Optics designed exclusively for digital photography: All Zuiko Digital lenses are designed to maximise the performance of digital SLRs based on the FourThirds Standard. This enables full cross-manufacturer lens interchangeability among camera systems applying the standard, as well as the use of lenses that are small and light but also have a large aperture. Nearly telecentric optics ensure images have perfect colour, clarity and brightness from the centre to the periphery of the frame. The lenses’ high resolving power make sure the image sensor obtains the detail it needs to achieve its full potential.

Further information: The Olympus E-System is the world’s first digital SLR system to be based on the FourThirds Standard jointly developed by Olympus and Kodak. The professional system has been designed exclusively for digital photography. It currently comprises the Olympus E-1 and Olympus E-300 SLR bodies plus a range of interchangeable lenses and other accessories.

Olympus E-System lenses (35mm equivalent listed in brackets):

  • 5.0 million pixels
  • 3x optical (38-114mm), 1:3.3-4.0 and 4x digital zoom
  • Available now! Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm (14-28mm) 1:4.0
  • New! Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm (28-70mm) 1:2.0 (available from Autumn 2005)
  • New! Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm (70-200mm) 1:2.0 (available from Autumn 2005)
  • New! Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm (180-500mm) 1:2.8 (available from Autumn 2005)

  • Zuiko Digital 11-22mm (22-44mm) 1:2.8-3.5
  • Zuiko Digital 14-45mm (28-90mm) 1:3.5-5.6
  • Zuiko Digital 14-54mm (28-108mm) 1:2.8-3.5
  • Zuiko Digital 40-150mm (80-300mm) 1:3.5-4.5

  • Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm (100-400mm) 1:2.8-3.5
  • Zuiko Digital ED 50mm (100mm) 1:2.0 Macro
  • Zuiko Digital ED 150mm (300mm) 1:2.0
  • Zuiko Digital ED 300mm (600mm) 1:2.8

    * Focal length equivalent on a 35mm camera
    ** As at February 2005

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